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Fenner Conveyors deliver conveyor solution to Mavis Downs Mine

Australian Conveyor Engineering (ACE), Fenner Conveyor’s engineering division, has made significant progress on the delivery of a conveyor solution to the Mavis Downs Mine.

Australian Conveyor Engineering (ACE), Fenner Conveyor’s engineering division, has made significant progress on the delivery of a conveyor solution to the Mavis Downs Mine.

The mine is located between Moranbah and Coppabella at the existing Millennium Mine complex in Queensland, around 170km west of Fenner Conveyors’ Paget facility.

The mine has been designed to produce 1.2MTPA of high quality PCI and coking coal for the export market, utilising ‘bord and pillar’ mining methods.

ACE won a $5.9 million contract in March 2022 to design, supply, and commission a 1050mm wide conveyor system capable of handling 800 TPH of ROM Coal. As part of the contract, ACE was tasked with supplying three caddy conveyors, three caddy junior conveyors and one radial stacker.

Fenner Conveyors senior mechanical engineer, Juan Cacdac, said the team gained invaluable experience working with a new client on bord and pillar operations in the Bowen Basin.

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“We have delivered a number of Longwall Maingate and Trunk systems in the past, so it has been refreshing to have a different set of challenges to design equipment for,” Cacdac said.

Due to geological variations, ACE also worked closely with the client, PIMS Group, to provide ongoing engineering support during installation.

“We had the opportunity to adapt our standard conveyor systems to a unique environment allowing us to showcase the versatility of the equipment whilst providing opportunities to add value by providing site-specific engineered solutions,” project manager Tim Gray said.

Different parts of the Fenner Conveyors Group have worked together to deliver the project. ACE’s Mackay team managed the conveyor design and supply. Fenner Conveyors manufactured the solid woven PVC Conveyor Belt out of its factory in Revesby, New South Wales, and supplied splicing and mechanical crews to support belt installation. Part of the conveyor roller supply was delivered from the ACE Idler Plant in Brisbane, Queensland.

Fenner Conveyors’ service teams completed the commissioning of the conveyor system and are carrying out ongoing support and maintenance of the mechanical systems now the equipment is in operation.

“Engaging the Fenner Conveyors Group provides the best outcomes for our clients because we are able to cohesively manage the project from concept through to commissioning,” Gray said.

“As a Group we bring more experience and better project efficiency.”

To date the three Caddy Juniors, Radial Stacker, and two of the three Caddy systems have been delivered.  Supply of the final conveyor is planned for December this year, with PIMS Group’s installation schedule continuing into 2024. ACE’s site service team will provide support during conveyor installation and commissioning.

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